Linus

Linus

Posted on 05/12/2005


Photo taken on April 24, 2005



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Lights, Camera, Attraction

Lights, Camera, Attraction
This gorgeous roof is marooned and slightly forgotten in the main house of the Village East Cinemas on Second Avenue. Village East is a multiplex of the slightly-arty variety with a few blockbusters tucked in to keep the cash flowing; this picture was taken after I saw Amityville Horror from the balcony. The entire ceiling is a gorgeous maze of designs and decorations, all of which is kept completely dark nearly all of the time. The city's little secrets. If I hadn't been poking around with the flash I never would have noticed how superb it is.

You can see a couple of other shots of this ornate ceiling elswhere on my stream.

History, cribbed from the Cinema Treasures site:

Construction on this theater began in 1925 when developer Louis N. Jaffe started the job for actor Maurice Schwartz. It opened the following year as the Yiddish Art Theatre, and later became known as the Yiddish Folks Theatre. In the '30s the play Yoshe Kalb ran for a record 300 performances there. The theatre was later called the Phoenix, and still later, the Jaffe Art Theatre. In the '30s and '40s it converted to movies, first as the Century and then as the Stuyvesant, with several stints as a burlesque house under the names Casino East, Gayety, and Eden. There followed several more attempts at movies as the 12th Street Cinema, Entermedia, and Second Avenue. City Cinemas last converted it into the current Village East multiplex.

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